Neftali Duran

Project Leader, Nuestra Comida City of Holyoke - Massachusetts, United States

Neftali Duran leads the Nuestra Comida Project at Nuestras Raices, a grassroots urban agriculture organization that creates healthy environments and more equitable food systems in New England by facilitating community leadership, education, food access and policy change at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Duran's work is informed by his own experience as a migrant worker and 18 years in the restaurant industry as chef, baker, and small business owner. He also educates community around indigenous culinary traditions, the effects of migration on people and food, and synchronistic food styles that draw on Oaxacan roots. He is interested in documenting the culinary traditions of the different regions of Oaxaca, Mexico as well as reclaiming the roots and culture of the original peoples of the Americas.